The Unintentional Farm

Fowl Ideas

Just A Couple Of Chickens

…said Hubby. I just read somewhere that bees are the gateway drug to chickens, and it was for Hubby. In my case, chickens led to peacocks. The price for new chicken coops was ridiculous and we went to pick up a used one. It just so happened the lady selling the chicken coop had a flock of peachicks. She had two kinds, white and pied. Silly me envisioned these glorious birds just strutting around my yard for all the neighbors to see. At that point, I said I’d take two of each, hoping I’d get a male and female of each. I knew they got large, but I never knew about how loud they get.

One year later, I’m just looking around on eBay and I come across peacock eggs. I bid on them, not expecting to get anything. Guess how that went. I ended up with six eggs: two opals, two India blues, and two purples. Ultimately, one of each type hatched.

Hopefully, a hobby farm in my immediate future. With that thought in mind, I went on eBay again, since I just don’t learn, and now have an additional two black shoulder eggs, two more India blue eggs, and one java/peach egg. This time, I also got six golden pheasant hatching eggs. The incubator is currently on my table and the eggs are tucked in. Since hatching eggs is starting to look like a habit, rather than looking for the incubator settings each year, here is a little note from Game-Birds.com to myself that I cannot lose.

Incubation Chart

Temperature is to be 99.5 forced-air.
Temperature at 101.5 in still air.
measured at the top of the eggs.

 Species  Incubation Period  Temp (F.) Forced Air  Relative Humidity  Humidity Last 3 Days  Stop Turning Eggs
 Poultry
Large Fowl
Bantams
21 days
21 days
99.5
99.5
60-65%
60-65%
80-85%
80-85%
19th day
19th day
 Partridges
Chuckar
Hungarian
23 days
23 days
99.5
99.5
60-65%
60-65%
80-85%
80-85%
21st day
21st day
 Peafowl
India Blue
Green
27-29 days
28 days
99.5
99.5
60-65%
60-65%
80-85%
80-85%
25th day
26th day
 Pheasants
Red Golden
Lady Amherst
Reeve’s
Ringneck
Silver
Yellow Golden
22 days
22 days
25 days
24-25 days
25-26 days
22 days
99.5
99.5
99.5
99.5
99.5
99.5
60-65%
60-65%
60-65%
60-65%
60-65%
60-65%
80-85%
80-85%
80-85%
80-85%
80-85%
80-85%
20th day
20th day
23th day
22th day
23th day
20th day
 Quail
Blue Scaled
Bobwhite
Button
California Valley
Coturnix
Gambels
Mountain
23 days
22-23 days
16 days
22-23 days
16-18 days
22 days
24-25 days
99.5
99.5
99.5
99.5
99.5
99.5
99.5
60-65%
60-65%
60-65%
60-65%
60-65%
60-65%
60-65%
80-85%
80-85%
80-85%
80-85%
80-85%
80-85%
80-85%
21st day
20th day
14th day
20th day
14th day
20th day
23rd day
 Turkeys
Bourbon Red
BB Bronze
Giant White
Royal Palm
Wild
28 days
28 days
28 days
28 days
28 days
99.5
99.5
99.5
99.5
99.5
60-65%
60-65%
60-65%
60-65%
60-65%
80-85%
80-85%
80-85%
80-85%
80-85%
26th day
26th day
26th day
26th day
26th day
 Waterfowl
Ducks
Muscovy
Geese
Swans
28 days
35-37 days
28-30 days
30-37 days
99.5
99.5
99.5
99.5
70-75%
70-75%
70-75%
70-75%
90-95%
90-95%
90-95%
90-95%
26th day
34th day
27th day
29th day
 Ratites
Rea
Ostrich
Emu
35-40 days
42 days
50-56 days
97.5
97.5
97.5
30-35%
30-35%
30-35%
50-55%
50-55%
50-55%
34th day
40th day
49th day

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